As AAP ‘rests’, Cong to start door-to-door drive from June 24

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016 11:58 IST
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh (HT File Photo)

At a time the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems to be “resting” after an intensive round of its ‘Parivar Jodo’ campaign, the Congress on Monday announced to launch the first phase of its door-to-door campaign from June 24. Also taking a cue from AAP’s ‘Bolda Punjab’ campaign, the Congress will try to get feedback from voters to finalise party’s poll manifesto for Punjab.

Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said each district and assembly constituency will be covered in 45 days by the party to hear out the expectations and grievances of people and reach out to each household. “Each district will have state Congress vice-president as in-charge of the campaign while each general secretary will look after an assembly constituency. I will be holding 80 interactions with cross-section of voters in addition to three dharnas against the government this month,” Amarinder said.

Senior vice-president Lal Singh, who has chalked out the programme, said the entire state has been divided into six zones for the campaign and each zone will have 19-20 assembly segments. “The PPCC general secretary incharge of the assembly segment will be from outside the district so that he can take everybody along. Each group will hold 20 meetings starting from June 24 to August 8 in the first phase,” Lal Singh said.

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Party secretary Harish Chaudhary also announced seven committees on various issues to finalise the party’s poll manifesto. Interestingly, former Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa will chair the committee on agriculture. The other committees will be on economy, women issues, dalits, youth and farm labour.


Asked about his “clean chit” to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Amarinder lost his cool and said he has answered the question several times that none of the victims who were giving their testimony to him spoke about Tytler. “His name was raked up BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana during the Delhi elections after few months. If investigation finds Tytler guilty, hang him.”


Once a staunch loyalist of Amarinder, former CLP leader Sunil Jakhar refused to share stage with him during the PPCC meeting. Though a placard by the name of Jakhar was kept on the stage, Jakhar refused to take a seat on the stage, where two other vice-presidents Manpreet Badal and Hans Raj Hans were sitting along with Amarinder, Lal Singh, Ambika Soni, CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi and other senior leaders. Amarinder while answering a query on Jakhar not being seen at his programmes, said, “He is a part of every programme. Should I make him sit on my lap? Its the media that’s trying to create a rift between us.”

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